Head & Dean
Khagendra Kumar has got his M.A., MPhil and PhD in Education from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He was awarded UGC Junior and Senior Research Fellowships for M.Phil and Ph.D studies respectively. He taught in the Dept. of Education, University of Delhi for a brief period. He has been teaching in the Faculty of Education, Patna University since 1996. His teaching area mainly covers Sociology of Education, Research Methodology, Environmental & gender issues and Pedagogy of Science He has published more than thirty papers in national and international journals and books. He has also presented a large number of papers in national and international seminars. He has authored four books namely- Understanding People’s Science Movement (Patna: Janaki, 2000), Panchayatvad: satta aur Shiksha (in Hindi) (Patna: Vishal, 2007), Common School System: Examining the First Initiative in India (New Delhi: Prakashan Sansthan, 2008) and Bihar Mein Shiksha ke Sau Varsha (in Hindi)(coauthored)(Patna: Bihar Vidhan Parishad, 2012. He co-edited the book, Right to Education & Common School System (Periyar, New Delhi) He mainly works in the area of new social movements, decentralization of school management & policies, social issues of science & education, RTE, Common School System. He has been working on such issues for over 25 years as an activist and academician both. He has delivered a dozen of invited formal lectures on issues like Common School System Initiative in Bihar, RTE, Issues of Development, Learning for Sustainable development, Science and Its Popularization, People’s Science Movement in India, Environmental movements in India at various forums in Bihar & other states. He is the editor of a biannual online journal 'People's Dialogue on Education' published by Politic India (http://journal.politicindia.com). The journal is being published since 2008. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal ‘Teacher Education’ published by AIATE for several years. He has the credit to organize half a dozen national as well international seminars on various issues of Teacher Education. He held the office of General Secretary of IATE, the oldest and largest association of Teacher Educators in India during 2008-10. Earlier he headed the Postgraduate Dept. of Education, Patna University during 2005-08 and served as Dean, Faculty of Education, Patna University during 2012-14. He was in charge of the Principal of Patna Training College, Faculty of education, Patna University from April 2011 to March 2017. Currently he is serving another term as Head and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Patna University.